Keep it simple and reap the reward
When I started shopping for an amp, I knew I wanted something that wouldn't be outdone in a large venue, but wasn't going to make me take multiple trips to the car to get everything into a gig. When I learned that this 500w monster only weighed 40 lbs, I figured it was worth a shot. I had a great experience with my sales rep from Sweetwater returning a smaller amp that I thought I'd wanted and sending this one out to me. My first impressions were that the tone was amazing. The clarity of the 2 12" speakers, even with my low B string was incredible, and the response is just about perfect. I can carry it with one hand, and my bass in the other and it fits in my tiny hatchback with no problems. I used the XLR out to plug into the PA at my last gig, and it made a great monitor. One of the selling points of the GK vs. some of the competition was the ability to run a powered cabinet off of this one should I need more sound. I had pondered building a stack, but the weight of the cabinet I wanted was more than twice as much as this amp, and it had less power. The best part, after almost a month, my sales engineer called me up to make sure I was happy with the purchase. Sweetwater is top notch. If you're in the market for a good amp, this is your baby. I'd choose this all day over the 2x10 if you can afford it, you're not going to run out of oomph when the volume goes up with the 12's.